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Thoughtful Thursday: Soothing Stillness

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. The loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it. The whole story doesn't show." — Andrew Wyeth

Given current events, questions abound…far more questions than answers and understandably, we may wish for some answers to be delayed, or even left unshared. We are in a “rip the bandage off” moment in time. We can turn off the tv, pass by the Facebook updates, and ignore warnings, yet the facts will be revealed and the whole story will show!

Winter nurtures our longing for home, hearth and peace. The quiet of winter extends beyond sound: blanketing the noise both inside and out. And nature sends snowfalls to slow and obscure, a pristine warning to yield. Silence is healing and an oft-ignored antidote for society’s ills. It is only when we experience that stillness, that we are able to see and hear truth.

Artists know this, they practice alone. They hear stories when all is silent, see beauty in the objectionable and celebrate the abandoned and ignored. Artists track the light like hunters in search of prey casting radiance and glory on the ordinary. Art will soothe your soul, silencing the noise and slowing the tempo.

To find your prescription for dealing with life’s stressors, please visit the gallery in Chestertown or online at

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